Tuesday, December 23, 2008

It was a balmy 15 degrees C yesterday when I went to feed the birds. It was a nice change to just work in T-shirt and jumper and still feel quite warm. I actually felt spring-like and there was a noticable change in the sounds of the wood; a blackbird had decided to sing! It was a lovely sound and blended in with the robins that will sing at this time of year anyway. Balmy spells like this can trigger behaviour in wildlife most of which will adapt and survive if it again turns cold but it can also cause problems. There was a hedgehog in my parents garden yesterday that had obviously been disturbed from its hibernation by the warmth and today I saw a bumblebee nectaring on ivy flowers!

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